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Russia’s Syrian Strategy Finds a Repeat in Ukraine

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That strategy being: to bite, to crush, and then to move on.

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Southern Thailand Peace Talks: Why They Matter and What’s Next

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The Ramadan Truce is a silver lining in the decades-long armed conflict, but can permanent peace be achieved?

Is Russia’s Demographic Decline Irreversible?

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A fast-declining population has the potential to compromise Russia’s ambitious revisionist plans and perhaps even its own survival as a national state.

The Ukraine War and NATO’s Responsibility Crisis

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The Ukraine war provides a vivid illustration of the disproportionate burdens of providing security assistance.

G7 Russia Oil Ban: Not as Simple as Advertised

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A G7 oil ban will be more a matter of economic self-harm than effective foreign policy, unless it is done right.

Food Protests Erupt in Iran

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Drought, global markets, and fiscal pressures are giving rise to a cost-of-living crisis in Iran, and it’s a risk that’s becoming increasingly common throughout the developing world as the Ukraine war drags on.

Thailand’s Political Challenges in 2022 and Beyond

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Monumental changes could be in the cards as Thailand heads toward a critical general election in 2023.

Ukraine War: A Reshuffling of the Global Monetary Order?

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The unprecedented weaponization of global financial circuits in the wake of the Ukraine war could end up backfiring by jeopardizing the US dollar’s enduring position as global reserve currency.

Marginalized or Pivotal Middle Power? Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategic Choice

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In crafting an Indo-Pacific Strategy, Canada has the opportunity to differentiate itself from its powerful southern neighbor and assert its role as a middle power.

Sri Lanka Debt Crisis: New Trend in the Making?

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Sri Lanka isn’t the only developing economy under severe duress in the post-COVID global landscape.

The Wagner Group: Origins and Early Deployments

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First in a two-part series, this backgrounder traces the origins and earliest deployments of Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit: the Wagner Group.

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